York County school looking for head football coach after former leader moves close to home

Audrey J. Powers

Jon Scepanski will be reducing his commute from approximately 50 minutes to about 15 minutes.

That’s one motive he acknowledged a new work.

The head coach at Northeastern High School the previous 9 seasons, Scepanski was authorised as the new head mentor at Conestoga Valley Higher University Monday night time. The transfer leaves Northeastern seeking for a new chief of its football program as the summer techniques.

A resident of the Lampeter-Strasburg Faculty District, Scepanski said he could not move up the opportunity to coach at a neighboring school in Lancaster County. The shift will give him additional time at residence with his spouse and two younger youngsters.

A 2005 graduate of Solanco in Lancaster County, Scepanski also acquired his commence as a superior university mentor as Conestoga Valley ― serving as quarterbacks coach and then defensive coordinator over a three-calendar year tenure from 2009 to 2011.

“I’ve constantly lived in Lancaster so that surely is element of it,” Scepanski mentioned. “But this is a enormous possibility for me way too. I have the opportunity to go back again to where I begun. I am not heading again to in which I graduated, but I am likely to the faculty that gave me my initial likelihood of staying a substantial school football coach.”

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Scepanski usually takes over for Gerad Novak, who retired in December soon after main Conestoga Valley for the earlier 21 seasons. Conestoga Valley went 3-7 final season.

Northeastern is the fifth YAIAA faculty to lookup for a new head soccer mentor this offseason. Dallastown, Japanese York, Spring Grove and Susquehannock have now filled their openings. Scepanski claimed he was ready to be authorised as a health and fitness center instructor at Conestoga Valley, which is why the choosing course of action took lengthier than standard.

Northeastern athletic director Bryan Stephens said the university posted the open up soccer coaching placement at the conclude of April. He hopes to have a applicant to current to the school board on June 6.

“We are seeking for someone who is fully commited and steady considering the fact that we just experienced regularity with an individual I take into consideration a person of the most effective coaches in the place,” Stephens claimed. “Jon had to get this occupation due to the fact he’s heading from an hour and a 50 percent in the car to 10 minutes from house. He is 1 of the greatest folks I have come across in my time at Northeastern and that is saying anything. I’m dropping a wonderful mentor but when we will however be lifelong good friends, I will actually miss the camaraderie we had.”

Northeastern football players Zech Sanderson (4) and Austyn Hays (21) pose for a photo with head coach Jon Scepanski during YAIAA football media day in Hanover on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Northeastern football players Zech Sanderson (4) and Austyn Hays (21) pose for a photograph with head coach Jon Scepanski through YAIAA soccer media working day in Hanover on Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Scepanski came to Northeastern as an offensive coordinator in 2012 and was hired to the leading task the subsequent period. He compiled a 44-48 report with four playoff appearances in nine seasons main the Bobcats. After the Bobcats went 1-9 his to start with season, they went at minimum .500 with four successful seasons the subsequent six many years.

Additional importantly, Scepanski aided even further create a method that was still in its infancy. Northeastern did not have a football crew right until 2008. Scepanski was just 26 many years previous when he succeeded Brendan Brown as the 2nd coach in method record.

In just his third period, Scepanski led the Bobcats to a 9-3 period that included a District 3 Course 3A (then the next major classification) playoff get in excess of Northern Lebanon. At the time, lots of greater YAIAA educational facilities have been continue to having difficulties to discover playoff achievements.

“He is humble but still rigorous and competitive,” Stephens reported about Scepanski. “He in no way desired antics to get his level across. He was eager to function with other coaches and other sporting activities. You will not locate as well several people today at Northeastern who would say a undesirable phrase about him.”

Following graduating a huge and productive senior course from its 2019 workforce, Northeastern struggled the past two seasons. The Bobcats went 1-6 in the course of the COVID-shortened 2020 marketing campaign and 2-8 this earlier year.

Scepanski said the program’s youthful players have confirmed solid determination this offseason. He mentioned he got psychological when telling Stephens and his gamers that he was leaving.

“The new head mentor will have to establish their possess system, but the young children that are right here I see having the school again to exactly where it was in conditions of wins and losses,” Scepanski stated. “But the youngsters here are good kids who are dedicated and get the job done difficult. There is a lot more to it than no matter if you get or loss on Friday evening. The youngsters below have an understanding of that and it can be become pretty unique.”

Matt Allibone is a sporting activities reporter for GameTimePA. He can be attained at 717-881-8221, [email protected] or on Twitter at @lousy2theallibone.

This report at first appeared on York Each day Report: Jon Scepanski leaves Northeastern
to get Conestoga Valley soccer career

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